10/14/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/14/2021 14:32
When Ginny Hughes started BuzzFeed's science desk, Azeen was the first reporter she recruited and Azeen succeeded Ginny as its editor. Lucky for us, Azeen wants to return to writing. She's a science nerd, a news hound, an investigative digger and a reporter with a gift for winning the confidence of both official sources and people in extraordinary circumstances. She's also a lot of fun and loves chasing a great story.
Azeen, the daughter of Iranian immigrants, grew up in California in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a major in molecular and cell biology. After college, she researched fruit fly neurogenetics. ("I am, with good reason, fairly certain I've watched more fly sex than you," she wrote on her personal website.) She later earned a master's degree in science communication at Imperial College in London. And she went on to freelance for a wide variety of publications.
At BuzzFeed, she wrote with empathy, nuance and clarity about subjects at the intersection of science and culture, often in focusing on stories involving sex and gender. She repeatedly was first with stories about sexual harassment by famed scientists. She was also part of BuzzFeed's team on The FinCEN Files, a 400-reporter collaboration on global financial corruption with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. It was a 2020 Pulitzer finalist. She hosted BuzzFeed's podcast that accompanied the project. As science editor, she shepherded the newsroom's coverage of the pandemic.
Ginny wrote to me: "Azeen was a prolific reporter, writing not only news and narrative features, but difficult investigations. She broke many of our big sexual harassment stories, and was a Livingston finalist for the first one, about Geoff Marcy. She also wrote terrific narrative features about trans kids, infant intersex surguries, the legal status of embryos, and the opioid epidemic, and broke a big scoop about the privacy of HIV-positive users of the Grindr app (a story that promptly led Grindr to change its policies). She starred in BF's Netflix documentary series, and was promoted to the investigations team. She's fearless and can pretty much do anything."
She starts on Nov. 29. Please join me in welcoming her to The Times.